Ron Ellis

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Ron Ellis
Born (1945-01-08) January 8, 1945 (age 72)
Lindsay, ON, CAN
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for Toronto Maple Leafs
National team  Canada
Playing career 1963–1981

Ronald John Edward "Ron" Ellis (born January 8, 1945) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player. Ellis played 16 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Ellis won the Stanley Cup in 1967, and took part in the famed 1972 Summit Series against the Russian National team. After playing, Ellis went into business, and later joined the staff of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Playing career[edit]

Ellis was signed by the Leafs and played junior hockey with the Toronto Marlboros of the Ontario Hockey Association from 1961–1964. He played on the team that won the Memorial Cup in 1964. Ellis became a full-time Leaf in 1964–65 and played 11 seasons to 1974–75, winning the Stanley Cup in 1967. He was also a member of Team Canada at the 1972 Summit Series. Ellis retired at age 30 during training camp in 1975, coming off the most productive season of his career with 61 points. He said he no longer had the desire to play and denied that his decision had anything to do with being passed over as team captain in favour of Darryl Sittler a month earlier. In 1977, Ellis came out of retirement to play for Canada at the world hockey championships and then decided to resume his NHL career with the Leafs in 1977–78.

Punch Imlach was hired to run the Leafs for the 1979–80 season and didn't feel that Ellis was worth the money he was being paid. He offered to buy out Ellis's contract at the end of the season, but the two couldn't reach an agreement. Despite objections from new coach Mike Nykoluk, Imlach put Ellis on waivers during the 1980–81 season and gave him an ultimatum: retire or be sent to the minor leagues. The 36-year-old Ellis chose to retire. He had played 1,034 career NHL games scoring 332 goals and 308 assists for 640 points.

After his life in hockey, worked as a teacher and in insurance. For six years, Ellis ran his own sporting goods store. In 1993, he joined the Hockey Hall of Fame as a director of public affairs and assistant to the president.[1] As of 2014, Ellis is still director of public affairs for the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.

The stresses of life after hockey took its toll. In 1986 a bout with clinical depression began. He would later go public with his story by writing a book with Kevin Shea titled Over The Boards: The Ron Ellis Story, published in 2002. Today, he is a speaker on the importance of diagnosing and treating clinical depression.

On October 17th, 2016, Ellis was part of a healthy class inducted into the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, where he thanked Jim Gregory as his mentor and coach.[2]

Awards and achievements[edit]

Ellis earned an unusual tribute in 1968 when former Leafs star Ace Bailey—then working as a timekeeper at Maple Leaf Gardens—declared that he admired Ellis so much, he wanted the team to give his retired #6 to Ellis. Bailey's number had been retired following his career-ending injury in 1933. Ellis, who had been wearing #8, changed to #6 for the rest of his career, after which the number was re-retired.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1960–61 Toronto Marlboros OHA 3 2 1 3 0
1961–62 Toronto Marlboros OHA 33 17 12 29 0
1963–64 Toronto Marlboros OHA 54 46 38 84 0
1963–64 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 1 0 0 0 0
1964–65 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 62 23 16 39 14 6 3 0 3 2
1965–66 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 70 19 23 42 24 4 0 0 0 2
1966–67 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 67 22 23 45 14 12 2 1 3 4
1967–68 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 74 28 20 48 8
1968–69 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 72 25 21 46 12 4 2 1 3 2
1969–70 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 76 35 19 54 14
1970–71 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 78 24 29 53 10 6 1 1 2 2
1971–72 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 78 23 24 47 17 5 1 1 2 4
1972–73 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 78 22 29 51 22
1972–73 Team Canada Summit 8 0 3 3 8
1973–74 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 70 23 25 48 12 4 2 1 3 0
1974–75 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 79 32 29 61 25 7 3 0 3 2
1977–78 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 80 26 24 50 17 13 3 2 5 0
1978–79 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 63 16 12 28 10 6 1 1 2 2
1979–80 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 59 12 11 23 6 3 0 0 0 0
1980–81 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 27 2 3 5 2
NHL totals 1034 332 308 640 207 70 18 8 26 20

International play[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Kearney, Mark; Ray, Randy (2009). The Big Book of Canadian Trivia. Dundurn Press. p. 238. ISBN 978-1-55488-417-9. 
  2. ^ "Fernandez put Cleveland in its last WS, now Ontario HOFer". https://www.canadianbaseballnetwork.com/. Retrieved January 5, 2017.  External link in |website= (help)

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